STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE
NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS
Digitized by the Internet Archive
in 2012 with funding from
LYRASIS Members and Sloan Foundation
TO THE CLASS OF 1953:
Soon you are to join the long list of graduates who
for more than a half century have gone from our
college to become professional teachers. Never has
our country needed teachers, educated and trained,
as it does today. It will be your responsibility to pass
on the great cultural and ethical heritage of our
Western Civilization. It will be your duty to implant
a working faith in the freedom of Democracy and
to develop another generation who can think freely,
clearly and without prejudice, and with sustained
wills bring to reality in personal and social living the
Faith of our Fathers.
The College has striven to give you knowledge and vision, and the beginning
practice in the Art of Teaching. Out of the experience of the college years, you may
grow to full stature as a person and make your own contribution in the creation of a
world free and more secure.
May you meet the challenge of living courageously and never give up when
problems seem insoluble.
I wish you success in every undertaking.
GROVER C. BOWMAN
"Within his gay and sparkling eyes
a wealth of understanding lies."
DR. EUGENE FREEL
To you, friend, counselor, and guardian angel, we dedi-
cate this record of our four years in college. We cannot
hope, in these few words beneath your picture to begin to
express the wealth of warmth and affection we feel for you.
Only when we, as teachers, begin to guide the faltering steps
of youth can we hope to repay the debt we owe to your kind
heart and eternal patience. Knowing you has truly been a
THAT WHICH WE KNEW, AND LOVED— OUR COLLEGE
TRAINING SCHOOL FACULTY
"The guardians of that last league before our dark
ship landed on a favored shore"
FIRST ROW: Helen E. Brown, Grade Four; Helen E.Mallery,
Grade One; Viola Cooper, Grade Five; Claire M. Barry,
Junior High; Margret Stevenson, Grade Two. SECOND ROW:
Harold H. McLean, Junior High; Loretta J. Loftus, Grade
Three; John A . Durnin, Principal; Mary Walsh, Grade Six;
John S. Sullivan, Junior High.
"their gentle hands were at the helm as we
did homeward journey o'er the wine dark sea."
FIRST ROW: Ames S. Pierce, Social Studies; Dr. Dayton N. Dennett, E..~»«sh; Harry
L. Crowley, Mathematics; Edmund K. Luddy, Social Studies. SECOND ROW: Mary
Underhill, English; Beth E. Weston, Dean of Women; Bertha Allyn, Senior Clerk;
Margret M. Lanoe, Librarian; Dr. Hazel B. Mileham, Director of Training. THIRD
ROW: Wallace H. Vennable, Science; Dr. John Semon, Science and Mathematics; Dr.
Grover C. Bowman, President; Lillian E. Boyden, Music; Dr. Eugene L. Freel, Psychol-
ogy; Harry Willis, Bookkeeper. ABSENT: Martha E. Durnin, Education; Andrew S.
Flagg, Dean of Men.
GRAHAM KENNETH ANDREWS
"Who in understanding is beyond all mortals. "
Intramural sports 1, 2, 3, 4; Drama Club 3; VP 4;
"Three-Cornered Moon"; Glee Club 3, 4; "Christ-
mas Carol", "Mikado"; Taconic Columns 3, 4;
College Fellowship 4; College Publicity 3; Year-
book Staff 3; Editor 4; Press Club 3; Basketball
Publicity 3, 4.
CAROLYN GRACE BENNETT
"You are the pearl among women. "
W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4; Class Treasurer 3; Drama Club
4; Glee Club 1; "Christmas Pageant"; Current
Events Club 2; College Fellowship 4; House Coun-
cil 2, 3.
JANET ELIZABETH BISHOP
"A brightness as of sun or moon. "
W.A.A. 1,2; DramaClub 1,2,3,4; "Night of Jan-
uary Sixteenth"; Current Events Club 2, Taconic
Columns 2, 3, 4; College Fellowship 4; Yearbook
Staff 4; House Council 4.
"The uttermost of men, who knows the sea in
all its depths. "
Secretary-Treasurer of M. A. A. 4; Intramural
Sports 3, 4; Varsity Basketball 3, 4; Current
Events Club 3.
"Oh, that the Gods should clothe me with such
strength as his. "
Intramural Sports 1, 2, 3, 4; J. V. Basketball 3, 4;
Drama Club 3,4. "Night of January Sixteenth",
"Three-Cornered Moon." Glee Club 4, "Mikado";
Newman Club 3, 4; Yearbook Staff 4; Current
Events Club 3, 4.
MRS. MARTHA BRAWN
"And full of grace is her handicraft."
Like to the gods in form and comeliness."
Drama Club 4; Commuter's Club 1, 2, 3, 4; New-
man Club 4; Yearbook Club 4; Cheerleader 1, 2.
"Like to the gods in voice. "
President of M. A. A. 4; Intramural Sports 1, 2,
3,4; Drama Club 4; Glee Club 1,4; "Christmas
Pageant" 2; "Christmas Carol" 3, "Mikado" 4;
Taconic Columns 4; College Fellowship 4; Var-
sity Basketball 3, 4; Yearbook Staff 4; Student
"Fair goddess of golden-throned dawn"
W.A.A. 1,2,3; Current Events Club 3; Cheer-
leader 1,2; College Fellowship 4; Class Treas-
urer 1,4; College Publicity 3; Class Secretary
3; Yearbook Staff 4; Class VP 2; Dorm Treasurer
2,3,4; Dorm Council 2, 3, 4; Drama Club 2,3,
Treasurer 4; "Night of January Sixteenth" 2.
"Shaker of the Earth."
Intramural Sports 1, 2, 3, 4; Current Events Club
2, 3. 4.
"A Girl Tall and Divinely Beautiful, "
Drama Club 1, 2; Commuter's Club 1, 2, 3, 4;
Honor Society 2, 3, 4; Class Treasurer 2.
"Lo, Thou has shining raiment."
House Council 3; Drama Club 1, 4; Newman Club
2, 3; Secretary 4.
"And heard the consuls of the great."
Intramural Sports 1 , 2; Basketball Manager 2, 3, 4,
Class President 1; Student Council 3; President 4;
Drama C lub 1, 2, 4, "jenny Kissed Me", "Night
of January Sixteenth"; Current Events Club 2, 3, 4;
President 3; Who's Who 4; NewmanClub 1, 2, 3, 4;
Bookstore Manager 3, 4.
"A Lovely Child, fair as golden Aphrodite."
Commuter's Club 1,2,3,4; President 3; Class
Secretary 2; Honor Society 2; Secretary 3; Pres-
ident 4; Drama Club 2; Glee Club 1; Newman
Club 1, 2, 3, 4; College Publicity 3.
"Fleet as the Breath of the Wind. "
W. A. A. 1, 2; Commuter's Club 1, 2, 3,4; Presi-
dent 4; Honor Society 2, 3, 4; Student Council 4;
Drama Club 2; Glee Club 1.
"She is full of intelligence and her heart
is sound. "
W. A. A. 1, 2, 3; Sports Leader; Commuter's Club
1, 2; Glee Club 1, 2; Fireside Forum 1, 2; College
Fellowship 4; Vice-President.
"There is no more gracious or perfect delight.
W.A.A. 1, 2, 3, 4; Commuter's Club 1 ,2,3, 4;Class
Secretary 4; Honor Society 2, 3; VP 4; Yearbook
"And was Gentle as a Father. "
Intramural Sports 3, 4; Upperclass representa-
"A name above the gods for cleverness and
Intramural Sports 1, 2, 3, 4; College Publicity 3.
"A paragon of mankind at planning and
Drama Club 4, "Christmas Carol" 3; Newman
Club 2, 3, 4; Yearbook Staff 4.
"The Achaeans shall noise his fame abroad. "
Secretary-Treasurer of M.A. A. 3; Upper-Class
Advisor 4; Art Club 1; "Christmas Carol" 3;
Taconic Columns 3.
"Wonder comes o'er me as I look thereon. "
W.A.A. 1,2,4; VP 3; Drama Club 2, 4; Dorm
Council President 4; Student Council 4; Current
Events Club 1; Newman Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Cheerlead-
er 1, 2; Who's Who 4.
"A man with a mind as wise as the gods. "
Intramural Sports 1,2,3,4; Varsity Basketball
1,2; Varsity Baseball 2; "Christmas Carol" 3;
Taconic. Columns 3; Yearbook Staff 4.
"To give light to the immortals and to mortal
men on earth. "
Intramural Sports 1,2,3,4; Varsity Basketball
2; JV 1; Varsity Baseball 2; Current Events Club
1; Taconic Columns 1; Editor 2; Elementary
A man full of schemes, there never was his
Intrumural Sports 1,2,3,4; Varsity Baseball 2;
"Christmas Carol" 3.
"Ye are of the line of men that are sceptered
Secretary of M. A. A. 2; Intramural Sports 1,2,3,
4; VarsityBasketball 1,2; JV 3, 4; ''Christmas
Carol" 3; Newman Club 2, 3, 4; VP 3; National
Newman Club Conference 3.
"Shepherd of the People."
Intramural Sports 1,2,3, 4; Class President 3, 4;
Upper Class Representative 3; Varsity Basketball
Manager 3; Glee Club 1,2,4; "Mikado ' 4; Current
Events Club 2, VP 3; Newman Club 1,2,3; Presi-
dent 4; Swampscott Conference 4.
"For lo it is a good thing to list to a
minstrel such as him.
Intramural Sports 2, 3, 4; Taconic Columns 3, 4;
College Fellowship 4; College Publicity 3.
"The man without stain and without reproach.
Intramural Sports 1, 2, 3, 4; Current Events Club
2,3; President 4; Newman Club 1, 2, 3; VP 4;
Art Club 1, 2.
"A lion hearted man. "
Intramural Sports 1, 2, 3, 4; Upper Class Repre-
sentative, M.A.A. 4; Class VP 3, 4.
"Whether thou art a goddess or a mortal."
Commuter's Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Honor Society 2, 3, 4;
Drama Club 1; Christmas Pageant 2.
"I see in thee the bright flame of life. "
W. A. A. 1, 2; Dorm Council 2; Honor Society 2, 3;
Secretary 4; Drama Club 4; Glee Club 1,2; Ta-
conic Columns 2, Editor 3; Newman Club 1, 2, 3,
Treasurer 4; Press Club 3; College Publicity 3.
"She is of heart th? most blessed beyond all
W. A. A. 1, 2, 3, 4; Glee Club 1, 2,3; Current Events
Club 1,2,3; Art Club 1, President 2; Taconic
Columns 1, 2; Editor 3; College Fellowship 4.
"Good fortune go with thee. "
"A form dear to the Gods. "
W.A.A. 1,2 3,4; Glee Club 1,2, 3, 4; "Mikado"
4; Taconic Columns 1,2; Editor 3; College Fel-
This space we humbly dedicate to those who brightened
our college lives while they were here and then passed be-
yond our ken to other fields.
IVY DAY ORATION
Dr. Bowman, Members of the faculty, honored
An astute individual who, no doubt, was phil-
osophically inclined, once made the profound state-
ment that time passes. The wisdom of these words
is, unfortunately, too often disregarded, yet the awful
truth holds fast. But in its passing, time certainly
brings many benefits, for with age certainly should
come wisdom, of which we have a concrete example
Slightly less than four years ago, our class en-
tered this institution of higher learning. At the time
the great majority of us were quite immature indi-
viduals and, I must confess, quite devoid of the lore
which a supposedly well-educated individual should
possess to better himself in the world of today.
Traditionally, class day marks the emergence
of the aforementioned naive individuals from the
supposedly cloistered, semi-protected existence they
have been leading into the realm of reality, or if you
will, into the hard, cruel world. From this moment on
we must endeavor to reconcile principle with expedi-
ency, supposition with fact, the hypothetical with
the actual in our chosen profession as teachers.
But what do we find in the world into which we
have emerged? Does not this very epithet — teacher —
connote an unfavorable meaning in itself? Webster
defines the word teacher as one "who guides the
study of others;" and according to the same authority
an educator is one who "develops and cultivates men-
tally and morally". Which is of greater service to his
country, the one who merely "guides" or the one
who "develops and cultivates"? And for whom should
this function be exercised — merely for the pupils
during the day in school, or for the community as a
The adherents of the policy that a teacher's sole
duty lies to his pupils and that this duty consists only
of guiding the studies of his charges have made the
teacher, in far too many cases, an insignificant, in-
nocuous, and insipid individual who is afraid to
speak his mind on controversial issues for fear of
the consequences which might ensue. The teacher
should be a leader in his community, a shaper of
public opinion, and a guardian of that most precious
of all traits — an objective, logical viewpoint. The
teacher should take it upon himself to be not only
the "guider" of young children, but a "developer and
cultivator" — an educator in every sense of the word,
not only of his charges, but of his compeers as
Today the teacher is faced with a seemingly
insoluble dilemma: either to remain in his "sanctum
sanctorum", safe from the inevitable criticism and
difficulties brought about by outspokeness; or to
emerge from this rustication, this seclusion, and en-
deavor to fulfill his duty to his community, to his
country and to his own conscience.
But wherein lies this duty, you well may ask?
At present, the mass of the populace of the
United States are in a state of nervous tension which
they seek to aleviate by some painless, effortless
method. Everywhere, panacea are being offered by
various persons who are capitalizing on this sense of
insecurity. Books which deal with the problems of
living a peaceful life and of gaining security are best-
sellers. Obscure cults which purport to delve into
the supernatural are everywhere springing into prom-
inence. What is more important, this state of ten-
sion is causing us to regress in both our moral and
ethical beliefs, and is, moreover, bringing about a
change in the hierarchy of the values which many
No longer is the teacher, or any other educated
person, looked up to and respected as an individual
— Continued on Page 47
THE IVY POEM
The leaving grates against my mind,
the awful ending of the all
that we have known-finality.
I cannot see the glowing world
with arms that seek to take and hold my heart
I only know that I shall lose a friend.
Perhaps the sentiment is bare,
perhaps I haven't got the stuff
to face the stern realities of life;
perhaps, but no, it isn't that;--
it's just the memories, the dreams
the quiet moments lost in pensive thought
that suddenly engulf my mind,
recalling all that was and is
and cannot be again.
They say tomorrow never comes
and yet tomorrow with its awe full end,
its grim excitement closing a door
is coming, --now
Goodbye to what has been
my heart will never know that happiness again.
What is a college?
Old and tired walls surrounding ancient classrooms,
musty with the smell of learning;
still echoing with voices that were stilled a quarter
Terraces with grass that blooms anew each spring,
vving with the dusty textbooks gathered there;
Adolescent nick-names scrawled on window casements;
Granite steps worn smooth and shiny
by shoes forever changing in their style;
Youth in baggy sweaters and five o'clock shadow
taking notes or doodling
or dreaming of the end of class;
Instructors lecturing from notes and wondering where
the scholars went;
Youth wondering, worrying, cramming for exams;
Youth loving, losing, taking margin notes;
snapshots, hopes, ambitions, immaturity;
The long and thankless job of moulding character;
A way of life inshrined in all the hearts
that ever beat within those ivy covered walls.
History of The
If a newcomer to the diminutive municipality of North Adams were to stroll
up Church Street, he would pass by a small cluster of stately buildings which a weather-
beaten sign proclaims to alj to be the State Teachers College. There, on a certain
fateful day in September, 1949, a group of ninety-six eager young men and women
entered upon a severe program of studies designed to create from the crude, malleable
ore of naive, immature adolescents the polished, erudite pedagogues that grace con-
temporary institutions of edification. Their personal trials, tribulations, glories, and
triumphs, although worthy, are too miscellaneous and vast a collection to present
herewith, but their combined intellectual and social progress may, perhaps, be suggested
by the following class history.
This was a time of great stress in the world. The economic structures of nations
the world over were tottering, the threat of communism was looming more and more
ominous, and a genuine crisis was developing in Palestine over the conflicts between
the Arabs and Israeli.
But history is always history, and our minds were busy absorbing knowledge in
more immediate fields. A casual onlooker might raise an eyebrow at the sight of
freshmen scurrying about the campus busily examining the bark of trees, but we were
oblivious to any ridicule, for those tree maps just had to be completed. We had our
first glimpse of the erudite Dr. Freel, whom we were to know better and better as we
progressed through N. A. S. T C, the intrepid Miss Underhill, and that of the inimitable
Wily Willie Malone.
Not all of our time, however, was spent in pursuit of that fleeting imp, knowledge.
We still found time for extra-curricular activities. The men began their four-year domi-
nation of intramural sports, as "Freel's Frosh" swept all before them in the football
league. We mingled with one another at the Freshman Reception, and somehow
managed to survive a tumultuous election in which Jim Gazzaniga edged out the
incomparable (remember him?) Jim Young, Esq. A few stalwart members of our
class were members of the New England Championship basketball team and still
others starred in "Jenny Kissed Me".
Our sophomore year brought back a group slightly diminished, a trifle more so-
phisticated, but with that thirst for knowledge still unslaked. Somehow we staggered
through Physical Science, Economic Geography, English, and American Literature, and
drank deeply from other fountains of knowledge. Who of us that were present shall
ever forget the day Charlie Chaplin appeared to do an experiment for us? We all strove
Class of 1953
to emulate Demosthenes in an incomparable Public Speaking Course, but nevertheless
still found the time to answer the call of the social world. Our various talents were
spent in promoting the Sophomore Prom and various other social affairs. Still others
of us starred in "The Night of January Sixteenth".
When, once again, we returned, this* time as Jaunty Juniors, we found a group
greatly reduced, but more nearly approaching that pinnacle of complaisance, and the
aforementioned thirst for knowledge still unsatiated. This year found us at last embarking
upon the perception of the methodology which forms the background that any self-
respecting dominie must have to be accomplished in his profession, it seems. Those
of us who elected Guidance as our major were introduced to the rudiments of that
fascinating field. Soon we were immersed completely in the "busy work" for which
the junior year is justly famous. Yet, underneath all our grumbling, beneath this
blind groping, there beat within our breasts burning desires to become modern rein-
carnations of Virrotino de Feltre, Maria Montessori, and who knows, even Henry
This was the year the Grover's Gaza Globetrotters made their long trek from
Mecca for a successful appearance against the JV's. And this year also saw us sponsoring
the Junior-Senior Prom, winning the Stunt Nite competition for the second time, and
romping through the "Christmas Carol."
Our senior year saw a compact group return to brave the proving grounds of
Mark Hopkins Training School. We were a mere shadow of the unruly mob that had
first entered here four years previously, yet those of us who were left were beginning
to approach the standard of leadership expected of us. The Guidance Majors had their
three afternoons in the Clinic, where they, too, began to put their principles into
practice. We also thought our way through a Philosophy of Education, and amazed
veteran pedagogues wherever we took our field week. We also struggled through Tests
and Measurements, Mental Hygiene, and Philosophy.
The Future Teachers of America, an organization dedicated to the resuscitation of
tired minds, was founded in this year. Those of us who were musically inclined blos-
somed out in the Mikado.
Gradually, even imperceptibly we changed; we settled down, and in adapting our-
selves to greater responsibilities, lost a great deal of the previously mentioned immaturity.
Perhaps, in the process, even becoming teachers.
The Junior Class
We came back ro the College on the Hill in September, exuberant over the
thought that we were no longer "silly sophomores" but now upper classmen. We faced
the year ahead with vitality and hope, but as the weeks passed we found ourselves over-
loaded with Plato, Methods, and the Training School. We managed once more to sur-
vive exams with the help of a little cramming and a pack or two of cigarettes. In
spite of our schedule and lack of adequate free time we were able to keep our class
spirit high and to participate vigorously in extra curricular activities. We supplied the
Mikado with the best of our talent, as well as providing the basketball team with
skillful players and a loyal and loud cheering section. We sponsored a Winter Carnival
Weekend with high hopes that the occasion will become traditional at N. A. S. T. C.
We helped to plan and present the annual Junior-Senior Prom as a finale to our third
year at the college. For us it has been a full and eventful year, and we look forward to
our vacation as a time to digest our Methods, mull over Plato, and find respite from
the training school. We hope to return in the fall with our never-ceasing vitality and
with the realization that at last we have reached our goal — to be STATELY SENIORS.
The Sophomore Class
"United we stand; divided we fall!" This was the motto of the sophomore class
when we returned to N. A. S. T. C. in September. Although the smallest class in the
school, we were determined to make our mark. With high spirits we entered into the
many school activities and delved into our studies. Overwhelmed by the amount of
knowledge we had yet to learn, we nevertheless struggled through. We became scien-
tists, weather forecasters, artsts, poets, and musicians, all rolled into one. By the end of
the year, we considered ourselves extremely wise and capable of doing almost anything.
But don't think that all we did was study! We had our social life, too. Our smiling
personalities were to be seen at the various club meetings, the socials, the basketball
games, and in the cast of the Mikado. We enthusiastically did our part in supporting
all of the school functions. Our crowning achievement in this line was the Sophomore
Prom. Through the teamwork of the class and our advisor, Dr. Semon, and the
leadership of the class officers, we showed the school that quantity isn't necessary to
success. Having managed to complete the school year, we expectantly look to the
future and to being jolly, jolly juniors.
The Freshman Class
Although our little group entered N. A. S. T. C. in a state of confusion, it was
not long before we became an organized class. Names became familiar to our ears and
certain sights to our eyes. The strangeness faded and the warmth of our new friendships
led us to feel that we were established. With a newly installed set of officers we faced
our first big problem, The Freshman Halloween Dance. It proved to be less of a problem
than we had imagined however and we can feel justified in calling it a success. Small
as our group was, we contributed one little maid to the Mikado and three big men to
the varsity basketball team. Then the battle of exams came into view. Emerging from
the battle as victors, we appeared in the classrooms for the second semester. We supplied
the Winter Carnival with its queen and two members of her court and were represented
among the attendants to the May Queen, too. We were little but mighty at Stunt Nite
and more than held our own on Class Day. So, with the initial stage of our journey
behind us, we look with eager eyes to the path that lies ahead.
■^■B jl"^^ ■WM»*
The Frank Fuller Murdock Honor
Society is composed of students whose
qualities of scholorship and leader-
ship are above the average. The so-
ciety concerns itself with attempting
to instill those qualities in the rest
of the student body. A combined lec-
ture and social program was held in
the spring. Doris Hamilton serves
The Student Council is the govern-
ing body in N. A. S. T.C. To the coun-
cil falls the task of originating and
administering school policies. The
council consists of school officers,
class presidents and organization
heads. Council officers for 1952-53
were James Gazzaniga, Fritz Brown,
and Paula Coons.
.... '. -I?
i 4 f *i^
^* '^ i "» v
■ Sn^ilL ? fl
The Dorm Council determines and
applies the rules and regulations that
govern the women's dormitory. Like
the Student Council, the Dorm Coun-
cil is composed of dorm officers and
class presidents. This years council,
led by Gloria LeBell has made many
forward steps in the process of im-
proving and modernizing the existing
M. A. A.
Norman Burdick, President
With firm resolve and dread
Asserted one September dav
That he'd reform theM. A. A.
He struggled all through the
To mend it's ways and yet I
That next years class shall
more or less
Discover it's the same old
W. A. A.
The W.A.A. functions as a social
and athletic group. Athletically it
sponsors hikes, field hockey, swim-
ming, basketball, and badminton. So-
cially the group gives a square dance
and games carnival annually. Officers
for 1952-53 are Harriet Beck, Dot
Nordberg and Charlotte Smith. Miss
Beth Weston is faculty advisor.
The commuters, with Sylvia Hof-
sepian as President, began the year
by undertaking a vast civic improve-
ments program. New curtains were
added to lend that "homey touch", and
slip covers were also helpful in
brightening up the commuters' room.
The girls, aside from their domestic
duties, found time to sponsor their
yearly social affair, and to provide
refreshments for several other gath-
Taconic Columns is a bimonthly'
newspaper published by the students
so they may express themselves in
a literary way. The issues include
news items and writeups of various
social activities held at the college
or of interest to the students. Regu-
lar columnists cover standard items.
The paper is sent to former students
serving in the armed forces.
The Newman Club
The Newman Club, headed this
year by Arthur O'Brien, dedicated
itself to the task of increasing and
clarifying inter-religious understand-
ing. Services and discussions were
held that greatly aided members in
solving the problems of modern living.
The club also held several dances and
parties throughout the year.
Our newest Extra Cirrucular star
rose above the horizon this fall. Sev-
eral guest speakers were invited to
speak to the group on topics of vital
importance to young men and women.
The club will prove an invaluable aid
in adjusting to the present day world.
The doughty dramatists, aided by
Dr Dennett as advisor and led by
Jack Pozzias president, again engag-
ed in their annual struggle to bring
culture to S. T. C. After enrolling
"en masse" to aid in the "Mikado",
the thespians showed their mettle in
"An Old Lady Shows Her Medals",
and their yearly full scale production.
Three cheers for a job welLdone.
The Music Club
The presentation of the "Mikado"
in November of 1953 by the college
and the enthusiasm with which it was
received led to the founding of the
Music Club. The organization pre-
sents musical programs to the college
and has sponsored periods of listen-
ing to selected recorded music. The
highlight of the clubs activities was a
combined concert and social program.
Mark Ryan leads the group and Miss
Boyden is advisor.
The Current Events Club
The Current Events Club, by dis-
cussion and debate, aims to stim-
ulate interest in current affairs in
both student body and faculty. This
year the club has been fortunate in
having as guest speakers, Atty. Lilly
and Rev. Dr. Cole in a pre-election
debate, and City Manager Harp in a
talk about city government. Numerous
discussions have been held at regu-
lar meetings and pertinent film strips
have been shown.
The Odyssey Staff
Into our lives, one November day, came a
new responsibility. We had been chosen
to develop, write, and publish our
yearbook. Now at the end of our
struggle, we wish to thank all
who aided us; we could not
have finished the job with-
out your assistance
Miss Mary Underhill
The 1952-53 basketball season at N.A.S.T.C
can be generally summed up in one shor
sentence. "Nobody defeated us at home anc
we defeated nobody away from home". Th<
statement, like most generalizations how
ever, is not quite true and tends to be misleading. We did defeat Westfield at Westfiek
in a non-conference game, but the important fact is that we played only five game:
away from home all season. This might lead the uninformed reader to suspect that w<
are homebodies or develop homesickness while traveling. Neither supposition has an;
basis in fact however, the schedule just worked out that way. This was a good yea:
though, no matter how we look at it. We finished a strong second in the New Englanc
Teachers College Conference and ended the season with a ten and four won-lost record
The squad was bolstered this year by three very capable freshmen: Pat Grady
OUR FAN CLUB
Charlie Perinick, and Ed Pierson. This new
blood combined with the talented behavior
of George Jarck, Fred Hubbard, George
Petropolus, Bill McLaren, and Steve Cozzag-
lio, proved to be too much for the opposi-
Great hopes are held for next season when, barring unforseen developments, the college
will field the same veteran squad. May they realize their potentials and bring North
Adams another championship. Any discussion of basketball at S.T.C. would not be com-
plete without mention of our junior varsity. Playing unwatched preliminaries week
after week one would think they would lose some of their zest for the game. Nothing
is farther from the truth. Scores in record books will tell you that they were beaten
in almost as many games as they won, but actually no team is ever beaten until it
gives up trying. The Junior Varsity never gave up! They deserve our wholehearted
thanks for a job well done. While thank-yous are being handed out we should express
our appreciation for our able Cheerleaders and loyal fans. Your support was invaluable.
Brawn, Martha (Mrs. )
Gallant, Margaret (Mrs. )
Klein, Lois (Mrs. )
Reardon, Dorothy (Mrs. )
Whitman, Mary (Mrs.)
40 Elm Street, Adams, Mass.
45 Taunton Avenue, Mattapan, Mass.
34 Hayes Street, Lynn, Mass.
78 Yale Street, North Adams, Mass.
586 Union Street, North Adams, Mass.
2 Avenue B, Turners Falls, Mass.
504 Church Street, North Adams, Mass.
Main Street, Charlemont, Mass.
127 High Street, Greenfield, Mass.
14 Bond Street, North Adams, Mass.
166 Bracewell Ave. , North Adams, Mass.
95 Glendale Road, Sharon, Mass.
138 Newell Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Nourses Road, Lanesboro, Mass.
219 Church Street, North Adams, Mass.
East Road, Clarksburg, Mass.
188 Pleasant Street, North Adams, Mass.
520 Church Street, North Adams, Mass.
6 Rich Street, North Adams, Mass.
Apple Valley Rd. , Ashfield, Mass.
88 Rutland Street, Watertown, Mass.
417 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
260 Springside Avenue, Pittsfield, Mass.
19 Pine Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
East Chatham, New York.
Depot Street, Cheshire, Mass.
28 Summit Avenue, Salem, Mass.
246 First Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
372 Ashland Street, North Adam-s, Mass.
34 Dartmouth Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
831/2 Howland Avenue, Adams, Mass.
82 Park Avenue, North Adams, Mass.
41 Woodleigh Avenue, Greenfield, Mass.
227 Fern Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
194 Wendall Avenue, Pittsfield, Mass.
17 Laural Avenue, North Adams, Mass.
71 Howland Avenue, Adams, Mass.
3 Hoosac Court, North Adams, Mass.
Millers Falls, Mass.
1641 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
74 Windsor Avenue, Pittsfield, Mass.
441 Liberty Street, Rockland, Mass.
Atkinson, Peggy Lou
Babcock, Elizabeth Ann
316 South Mountain Rd. , Pittsfield, Mass.
18 Hall Street, Williamstown, Mass.
422 Rochester Street, Fall River, Mass.
Tempast Knob Terr. , Wareham, Mass.
521 Pleasant Street, So. Weymouth., Mass.
66 Beach Street, Greenfield, Mass.
779 Salem Street, So. Groveland, Mass.
23 Lyman Street, North Adams, Mass.
Pillsbury, Jo Anne
Tovani, Joan C.
Wenzel, June P.
Wood, Beverly Ann
10 Harrison Avenue, Williamstown, Mass.
91 Boardman Avenue, Melrose, Mass.
8 Spring Street, North Adams, Mass.
17 Thatcher Road, Glouscester, Mass.
251 Springside Street, Pittsfield, Mass
Union Street, Montague, Mass.
81 Hathaway Street, North Adams, Mass.
303 Grove Street, Westwood, Mass.
Ferry Street, Marshfield, Mass.
39 Montana Street, North Adams, Mass.
34 Page Street, Rivere, Mass.
353 Eagle Street, North Adams, Mass.
16 Quincy Street, North Adams, Mass.
140 Branch Street, Mansfield, Mass.
51 State Street, New Bedford, Mass.
845 Main Street, Holden, Mass.
County Street, West Wareham, Mass.
96 Corinth Street, North Adams, Mass.
73 Dodge Avenue, Pittsfield, Mass.
36 Porter Street, North Adams, Mass.
103 Harbor Street, Lynn, Mass.
15 Pearl Street, Adams, Mass.
33 Porter Street, North Adams, Mass.
26 Westminster Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
154 Pitman Street, New Bedford, Mass.
14 Nelson Street, North Adams, Mass.
62 Gray Street, Amheart, Mass.
3 1 1 Main Street, Fair Haven, Mass.
l-..,3 Main Street, E. Northfield, Mass.
1105 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Cottage Street, Housatonic, Mass.
82 Grove Street, Leeds, Mass.
Andrews, Kay Janet
40 Elm Street, Adams, Mass.
30 Newell Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
18 Richview Terrace, North Adams, Mass.
77 Yale Street, North Adams, Mass.
77 Butler Street, Lawrence, Mass.
188 Pleasant Street, North Adams, Mass.
27 Veasie Street, North Adams, Mass.
270 East Main Street, North Adams, Mass.
16 Barth Street, North Adams, Mass.
New Ashford, Mass.
215 N. Summer Street. Adams, Mass.
277 Medford Street, Somerville, Mass.
82* Hawthorne Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
453 West Main Street, North Adams, Mass.
12 Estes Street, North Adams, Mass.
14 Richmond Lane, Adams, Mass.
6 Linden Street, Adams, Mass.
671 Curran Highway, North Adams, Mass.
12 Argyle Road, Arlingon, Mass.
20 Moorland Street, Williamstown, Mass.
53 Lincoln Street, Hudson, Mass.
214 North Summer Street, Adams, Mass.
Bachette, John Jr.
Bowes, Carol Lou
Pierson, Edward Jr.
Silver Street, Sheffield, Mass.
Elm Street, North Adams, Mass.
West End Terrace, North Adams, Mass.
North Street, North Adams, Mass.
East Main Street, North Adams, Mass.
Fredrick Street, North Adams, Mass.
Francis Avenue, Pittsfield, Mass.
State Street, North Adams, Mass.
Houghton Street, North Adams, Mass.
Leyden Road, Greenfield, Mass.
Leninton Street, Roslindale, Mass.
South Vernon, Mass.
Gallup Street, North Adams, Mass.
Maple Street, Northfield, Mass.
Vineyard Haven, Mass.
Cypress Street, Greenfield, Mass.
Main Street, Sagamore, Mass.
Church Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Chase Avenue, North Adams, Mass.
Maple Street, Williamstown, Mass.
Longview Terrace, Pittsfield, Mass.
Liberty Street, North Adams, Mass.
Merkle Street, Holyoke, Mass.
Grove Street, Adams, Mass.
White Creek, New York.
Ivy Day Oration
Continued from Page 22 —
who has partaken deeply of the fount of knowledge.
On the contrary, he is today looked upon with sus-
picion and distrust as a fomentor and disseminator
of theories which threaten to overthrow the govern-
And what has occasioned this distrust, you ask?
The reason is readily discernable. Largely, it is the
result of the insidious propaganda being diffused by
a group of self-seeking, glory-hunting hypocrites who
have donned the mantle of crusaders fighting the
fire-breathing dragon of communism. The state of
mass hysteria which grips the country is greatly the
result of the actions of these rumor-mongers in their
self-righteous campaigns to root out the evils of what
is loosely termed Marxism, whatever the guise in
which it may appear.
Far too many people have fallen victim to the
Machiavellian machinations of these modern inquisi-
tors. All that is needed to defame the character of
any man is to couple to his name the vituperative
stigma of communism, and at once he is classified
as a pariah.
However, this is not to imply that there are
no virtuous, patriotic men of high principle engaged
in this struggle to seek out communism in our gov-
ernment. But has not this campaign grown out of
proportion to its actual danger when it threatens to
destroy the very liberties which our forefathers died
for? And would it not be infinitely more logical to
face communism, to dissect it, to attempt to under-
stand it so as to combat it more effectively, than to
treat it as some odious, shadowy specter, the very
mention of which is sufficient to bring about gasps
of horror and implications of contamination?
But then you ask, what is that which we have
to fear? In the words of the immortal Franklin Del-
ano Roosevelt, ". . . the only thing we have to fear
is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified
terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert re-
treat into advance." We should attempt to face our
problems vigorously and confidently instead of seek-
ing some magical cure-all which will avail us nothing.
Through the years, our democratic system of govern-
ment has weathered successfully the stress and strain
of vast expansion of territory and of bitter sectional
conflict; has endured the vicissitudes of international
wars and entangling foreign relations. Ah, but how
have these problems been met? By the throttling and
persecution of minorities; by the assertion of the
premise that a man is guilty until he is proved inno-
cent? The evidence is very much to the contrary.
America has endured, has prospered because of the
tolerance of minorities and through the attempt to
understand the viewpoint of others; the result of
which has been the after attainment of a unified na-
tion after the differences of opinion have been ironed
Today, the teacher is in a position to do his
country a great service by speaking out courageously
against these forces which threaten our freedoms, by
becoming an educator in every sense of the word.
The teacher has the opportunity to become a leader
in this fight for the very essence of our democracy.
Ah, but how many esteemed pedagogues will or
would become leaders in this fight against injustices?
How many instead would sacrifice their personal
principles for the doubtful security they gain by
muteness and conformity?
Unless the teacher accepts this challenge, and
attempts to fulfill his duty to both his country, and
what is more important, to himself: the title applied
to him will be a meaningless and oprobrious mis-